Dr Benjamin Veness

Unusually for a doctor, Benjamin Veness has a corporate background, having started his career in the banking sector in a variety of finance and corporate strategy roles.

While studying medicine, Benjamin was twice elected to the Senate of the University of Sydney, represented 17,000 medical students as President of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, and completed a Master of Public Health for which he was later awarded the Edmund Barton Medal.

In 2013 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research the under-addressed issue of university students’ mental health, and in 2015 he was invited to become an Australia Day Ambassador.

While currently working full-time as a doctor, Benjamin is involved in a number of professional committees and maintains his interests in public health and social policy, writing most recently for MJA Insight and The Sydney Morning Herald.